When you’re building a new home, you need to consider every member of your family — including the family pet. Creating pet spaces when you’re building your home doesn’t just make your pet happier, it also makes your life a lot easier. Many homes don’t make a specific space for pets, leading to mess and clutter. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Creating a Washing Area in Your Mudroom
When you wash your pets, it’s probably a hassle; not only does it have to be done either outside or in your bathroom, but “human” tools (like unremovable shower heads) don’t work very well. A washing area can allow your pet to walk right into the shower, where they can be bathed before they make a mess of your home.
Creating a Feeding Area in Your Kitchen
Where do you feed your dogs and cats? If you don’t have a dedicated area, you probably need to take up valuable floor or counter space. By creating a feeding area (often in the form of shelves inside of your walls or kitchen cabinets), you can reduce the footprint of their feeding area and make it easier to keep clean.
Creating a Built-In Sleeping Area
Are you tired of living with an unsightly kennel in your living room or bedroom? Kennels can be built-in just like shelving units and storage. Not only does this give your pet a more comfortable “den,” but it also makes additional use of living space that might not otherwise be used. A common area for this type of den is under the stairs, as this area usually can’t be used for storage but is perfect for a pup who likes to burrow and nest.
Creating a Play Area in Your Yard
Of course, the interior of your home isn’t the only area that can benefit from play spaces. If you have cats, you can create an exit to an exterior “cat run” where they can look at the outside world. If you have dogs, you can create a dog run, where they can easily go inside and outside to get exercise and enjoy the weather. A play area means your pets are going to spend less time inside causing a mess, and it also means that they are going to be happier, more active, and better stimulated overall.
Of course, every pet is different, and you may find that your pet has different needs. If your pet is elderly, you may need to install ramps or find ways for them to get around your home. If you have rambunctious, younger pets, you might just be thinking about containment. Either way, Petros Homes can help make your custom home dreams come true. Contact us today to get started.